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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215100/targeting-baff-and-april-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-and-other-antibody-associated-diseases
#1
Eileen Samy, Stephen Wax, Bertrand Huard, Henry Hess, Pascal Schneider
The B cell-stimulating molecules, BAFF (B cell activating factor) and APRIL (a proliferation-inducing ligand), are critical factors in the maintenance of the B cell pool and humoral immunity. In addition, BAFF and APRIL are involved in the pathogenesis of a number of human autoimmune diseases, with elevated levels of these cytokines detected in the sera of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), IgA nephropathy, Sjögren's syndrome, and rheumatoid arthritis. As such, both molecules are rational targets for new therapies in B cell-driven autoimmune diseases, and several inhibitors of BAFF or BAFF and APRIL together have been investigated in clinical trials...
January 2, 2017: International Reviews of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210273/isolated-ro52-antibodies-as-immunological-marker-of-a-mild-phenotype-of-undifferentiated-connective-tissue-diseases
#2
Ana Alonso-Larruga, Sagrario Bustabad, José Antonio Navarro-Gonzálvez, Beatriz Rodríguez-Lozano, Andrés Franco, Yvelise Barrios
The term undifferentiated connective tissue disease (UCTD) is used to describe undiagnosed patients that do not fulfill classification criteria for definite connective tissue disease (Systemic Lupus, Systemic Sclerosis, Sjögren Syndrome, and Dermatomyositis/Polymyositis). It is important to find serological markers as predictors of the evolution or severity of these diseases. The objective of this retrospective study was to investigate if there was a milder subgroup of UCTD with a special clinical profile consisting only in the presence of anti-Ro52 autoantibodies...
2017: International Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202919/ectopic-lymphoid-neogenesis-in-rheumatic-autoimmune-diseases
#3
REVIEW
Michele Bombardieri, Myles Lewis, Costantino Pitzalis
Ectopic lymphoid neogenesis often occurs in the target tissues of patients with chronic rheumatic autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, Sjögren syndrome and other connective tissue disorders, including systemic lupus erythematosus and myositis. However, the mechanisms of ectopic lymphoid-like structure (ELS) formation and function are not entirely understood. For example, it is unclear whether ELSs indicate distinct disease phenotypes or whether they are evolutionary manifestations of chronic inflammation...
March 2017: Nature Reviews. Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191006/capability-of-neutrophils-to-form-nets-is-not-directly-influenced-by-a-cma-targeting-peptide
#4
Christian Maueröder, Nicolas Schall, Frédéric Meyer, Aparna Mahajan, Benjamin Garnier, Jonas Hahn, Deborah Kienhöfer, Markus H Hoffmann, Sylviane Muller
During inflammatory reaction, neutrophils exhibit numerous cellular and immunological functions, notably the formation of neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) and autophagy. NETs are composed of decondensed chromatin fibers coated with various antimicrobial molecules derived from neutrophil granules. NETs participate in antimicrobial defense and can also display detrimental roles and notably trigger some of the immune features of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and other autoimmune diseases. Autophagy is a complex and finely regulated mechanism involved in the cell survival/death balance that may be connected to NET formation...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185859/association-of-irf5-polymorphisms-with-increased-risk-for-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-in-population-of-crete-a-southern-eastern-european-greek-island
#5
M I Zervou, J M Dorschner, Y Ghodke-Puranik, D T Boumpas, T B Niewold, G N Goulielmos
Interferon regulatory factor 5 (IRF5) regulates type I interferon (IFN)-responsive genes, and has been one of the most consistently associated genes with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). We sought to investigate whether IRF5 haplotypes are associated with risk for SLE in the genetically homogeneous Greek population of the island of Crete, as well as whether these haplotypes are associated with increased type I IFN. 322 SLE patients and 247 healthy controls from Crete were genotyped for rs2004640, rs3807306, rs10488631 and rs2280714 SNPs of IRF5 gene by using Taqman primer-probe sets...
February 6, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182485/-wolves-canis-lupus-and-dogs-canis-familiaris-differ-in-following-human-gaze-into-distant-space-but-respond-similar-to-their-packmates-gaze-correction-to-werhahn-et-al-2016
#6
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Reports an error in "Wolves (Canis lupus) and dogs (Canis familiaris) differ in following human gaze into distant space but respond similar to their packmates' gaze" by Geraldine Werhahn, Zsófia Virányi, Gabriela Barrera, Andrea Sommese and Friederike Range (Journal of Comparative Psychology, 2016[Aug], Vol 130[3], 288-298). In the article, the affiliations for the second and fifth authors should be Wolf Science Center, Ernstbrunn, Austria, and Comparative Cognition, Messerli Research Institute, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna/ Medical University of Vienna/University of Vienna...
February 2017: Journal of Comparative Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179450/prevalence-incidence-and-associated-co-morbidities-of-treated-hypothyroidism-an-update-from-a-european-population
#7
Carlo B Giorda, Paolo Carnà, Francesco Romeo, Giuseppe Costa, Barbara Tartaglino, Roberto Gnavi
OBJECTIVE: Estimates of the prevalence of hypothyroidism in unselected populations date from the late 1990s. We present an update on the prevalence and incidence of overt hypothyroidism in Piedmont, northwest Italy, and examine the association between hypothyroidism and multiple chronic comorbidities. DESIGN AND METHODS: Data were obtained from drug prescription and hospital discharge databases. Individuals who had received at least two levothyroxine prescriptions in 2012 were defined as having hypothyroidism; those who had undergone thyroidectomy or I131 irradiation in the previous 5 years were defined as having iatrogenic hypothyroidism; and those who had either obtained exemption from treatment co-payment or had been discharged from hospital with a chronic comorbidity (diabetes, connective tissue diseases) were identified as having one of these conditions...
February 8, 2017: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166684/pathogenic-mechanisms-of-ige-mediated-inflammation-in-self-destructive-autoimmune-responses
#8
Rachel Ettinger, Jodi L Karnell, Jill Henault, Santosh K Panda, Jeffrey M Riggs, Roland Kolbeck, Miguel A Sanjuan
Autoantibodies of the IgG subclass are pathogenic in a number of autoimmune disorders such as systemic lupus erythomatosus. The presence of circulating IgE autoantibodies in autoimmune patients has also been known for almost 40 years. Despite their role in allergies, IgE autoantibodies are not associated with a higher rate of atopy in these patients. However, recently they have been recognized as active drivers of autoimmunity through mechanisms involving the secretion of Type I interferons by plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDC), the recruitment of basophils to lymph nodes, and the activation of adaptive immune responses through B and T cells...
February 2017: Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162181/-effect-of-serum-interleukin-21-on-b-cell-secretory-capacity-and-apoptosis-in-patients-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
#9
L T Zheng, L D Zhao, C Zhao, Y Zhao, X Zhang, F C Zhang, X F Zeng, F L Tang, X You
Objective: To investigate the secretory capacity and apoptosis of interleukin (IL)-21 induced normal B cells by co-culture with serum from patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Methods: Serum from twenty new-onset SLE patients and 20 healthy donors were collected. CD(19)(+) B cells from the normal controls were co-cultured with serum from SLE patients in the presence or absence of IL-21-R-FC(4 μg/ml). Supernatant IgG and IgM concentration were measured by immunoturbidimetric assay on day 5. Supernatant anti-dsDNA level was determined by ELISA...
February 1, 2017: Zhonghua Nei Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Internal Medicine]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157168/regulation-of-t-cell-activation-and-differentiation-by-extracellular-vesicles-and-their-pathogenic-role-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-and-multiple-sclerosis
#10
REVIEW
Cristina Ulivieri, Cosima T Baldari
How autoreactive tissue-infiltrated effector T cells are induced and sustained in autoimmune disease, usually dominated by the Th1 and Th17 subsets, is still largely unknown. In organ-specific autoimmunity, self-reactive T cells initially activated by dendritic cells (DCs) in the lymph nodes migrate and infiltrate into the target tissues where their reactivation by peripheral tissue antigen is a prerequisite for effector cytokine production and tissue destruction. The target tissue microenvironment, as well as the local microenvironment at the immune synapse formed by T cells that encounter cognate antigen presenting cells (APCs) shave recently emerged as critical factors in shaping the differentiation and function of self-reactive effector T cells, providing the signals required for their activation in the form of the self-antigen and cytokine milieu...
February 2, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152659/development-of-primary-central-nervous-system-lymphoma-in-a-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-patient-after-treatment-with-mycophenolate-mofetil-and-review-of-the-literature
#11
M A Balci, G E Pamuk, E Unlu, U Usta, O N Pamuk
Primary central nervous system lymphoma (PCNSL) is a rare form of extranodal non-Hodgkin lymphoma and four cases of PCNSL have previously been described in association with mycophenolate mofetil. We report the fifth case of PCNSL in a patient with lupus nephropathy while on mycophenolate mofetil treatment.
January 1, 2017: Lupus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143529/individualized-patient-decision-aid-for-immunosuppressive-drugs-in-women-with-lupus-nephritis-study-protocol-of-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#12
Jasvinder A Singh, Nipam Shah, Candace Green
BACKGROUND: Systemic Lupus erythematosus (SLE), also commonly referred to as lupus, is a rare, but sometimes, fatal disease, that primarily affects young women. Lupus nephritis, a common manifestation of lupus, is more common and more devastating in patients of minority race/ethnicity. Patients have negative views of immunosuppressive drugs for lupus nephritis due to a concern about side effects and under-appreciation of its benefit. We designed a study to assess the effectiveness of individualized, computerized patient decision-aid for immunosuppressive drugs for lupus nephritis compared to a standard pamphlet for patient decision-making...
January 31, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138857/predictors-of-poor-sleep-quality-in-patients-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
#13
M Inoue, K Shiozawa, R Yoshihara, T Yamane, Y Shima, T Hirano, K Makimoto
Sleep problems are common in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). This study aimed to examine the following: (1) predictors of sleep quality and (2) fluctuations in sleep quality in patients with SLE. Patients with SLE were recruited from three rheumatology centers in Japan. We collected demographic and clinical data and data on sleep quality as measured by the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI), the Medical Outcome Study Short Form-12, and the Lupus Patient Reported Outcome Tool (LupusPRO)...
January 30, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28127570/high-prevalence-of-metabolic-syndrome-in-patients-with-discoid-lupus-erythematosus-a-cross-sectional-case-control-study
#14
Sevgi Akarsu, Ozlem Ozbagcivan, Fatma Semiz, Sebnem Aktan
Although it is known that systemic form of lupus erythematosus (LE) and metabolic syndrome (MetS) are frequently observed together, there are no published reports on MetS in patients with skin-restricted LE. We aimed to compare the frequencies of MetS and its components in discoid LE (DLE) with the non-DLE control group. Additionally, we intended to determine the differences of sociodemographic and clinical data of the DLE patients with MetS compared to the patients without MetS. This was a cross-sectional, case-control study, including 60 patients with DLE and 82 age- and gender-matched control subjects...
2017: Journal of Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126732/effects-of-n-acetyl-seryl-asparyl-lysyl-proline-on-blood-pressure-renal-damage-and-mortality-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
#15
Pablo Nakagawa, Juan X Masjoan-Juncos, Heba Basha, Branislava Janic, Morel E Worou, Tang-Dong Liao, Cesar A Romero, Edward L Peterson, Oscar A Carretero
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease with a high prevalence of hypertension. NZBWF1 (SLE-Hyp) mice develop hypertension that can be prevented by modulating T cells. The peptide N-acetyl-seryl-aspartyl-lysyl-proline (Ac-SDKP) decreases renal damage and improves renal function in a model of SLE without hypertension (MRL/lpr). However, it is not known whether Ac-SDKP prevents hypertension in NZBWF1 mice. We hypothesized that in SLE-Hyp, Ac-SDKP prevents hypertension and renal damage by modulating T cells...
January 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28118945/ro52-autoantibodies-arise-from-self-reactive-progenitors-in-a-mother-of-a-child-with-neonatal-lupus
#16
Joanne H Reed, Miroslaw K Gorny, Liuzhe Li, Timothy Cardozo, Jill P Buyon, Robert M Clancy
The detection of cardiac conduction defects in an 18-24 week old foetus in the absence of structural abnormalities predicts with near certainty the presence of autoantibodies against 60kD and 52kD SSA/Ro in the mother regardless of her health status. Previous studies have emphasized these autoantibodies as key mediators of tissue injury. The aim of this study was to focus on the anti-Ro52 response to determine whether these autoantibodies originate from progenitors that are inherently self-reactive or from B-cells that acquire self-reactivity during an immune response...
January 21, 2017: Journal of Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111707/hpv-and-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-a-mosaic-of-potential-crossreactions
#17
Yahel Segal, Shani Dahan, Michele Calabrò, Darja Kanduc, Yehuda Shoenfeld
Etiology, pathogenesis, and immunology of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) form a complex, still undeciphered picture that recently has been further made complicated by a new factor of morbidity: human papillomaviruses (HPVs). Indeed, a prevalence of HPV infections has been reported among SLE patients. Searching for molecular mechanisms that might underlie and explain the relationship between HPV infection and SLE, we explored the hypothesis that immune responses following HPV infection may crossreact with proteins that, when altered, associate with SLE...
January 23, 2017: Immunologic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097391/-tapering-and-termination-of-immunosuppressive-therapy-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
#18
REVIEW
M Aringer, N Leuchten, R Fischer-Betz
Similar to patients with other rheumatic diseases, patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) nowadays can also have the desire to terminate immunosuppressive and immunomodulatory medications. In order to provide appropriate advice to patients, the two main issues are the risk of severe adverse events under long-term therapy with any drug and the perceived risk of a flare, in particular of severe flares. The risks of long-term therapy vary greatly between drugs, ranging from severe unacceptable risks with cyclophosphamide and higher dose glucocorticoids to low risks usually outweighed by long-term benefits with hydroxychloroquine...
February 2017: Zeitschrift Für Rheumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054901/libman-sacks-endocarditis-with-unusual-large-size-vegetation-involving-the-mitral-valve
#19
Amjad Bani Hani, Mahmoud Abu-Abeeleh, Murad M Al Kharabsheh, Lubaba Qabba'ah
Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is an autoimmune hypercoagulable disorder characterized by thrombophilia, vascular thrombosis, and recurrent abortions associated with persistent antiphospholipid antibodies. APS may exist in its primary form, or more commonly is found to be associated with variety of rheumatic disorders, such as systemic lupus erythematosus. Cardiac involvement is not an uncommon complication in primary antiphospholipid patients. Libman-Sacks lesions are typically small, sessile, and wart-like, varying in size from 1-4 mm...
21, 2016: Heart Surgery Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050648/diagnostic-value-of-antibodies-to-phosphatidylserine-prothrombin-complex-for-antiphospholipid-syndrome-in-chinese-patients
#20
Lei Zhu, Chun Li, Na Liu, Xin Yang, R L Jia, Rong Mu, Yin Su, Z G Li
To evaluate the diagnosis value of antibodies to phosphatidylserine/prothrombin complex (aPS/PT) in patients with antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) and to determine the clinical features of APS patients with avidity of aPS/PT. Serum samples were collected from 108 APS patients. Sixty patients with pregnancy morbidity, 37 patients with thrombosis without a history of autoimmune diseases, and 89 healthy blood donors were included as the control group. The enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) test was performed to detect the concentration of aPS/PT, including IgG/M, IgG, and IgM forms, in the same serum sample...
January 3, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
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